MADISON, Wis. — Construction of the new Pinney Library will kick off with a groundbreaking ceremony at 10:30 a.m. April 4 in the Royster Corners development on Cottage Grove Road.
The ceremony will begin with comments from library, foundation and City of Madison officials, and an official groundbreaking. A reception at the nearby Chief’s Tavern, 300 Cottage Grove Road, will follow.
The $10.2 million library, designed by OPN Architects, will be located in Royster Corners, a mixed-use development four blocks east of the current Pinney Library. The new development will also include 16,000 square feet of commercial and residential space. The library is expected to open in 2019.
“I am excited to see several years of planning, fundraising and negotiation come to realization,” said Madison Mayor Paul Soglin. “The new Pinney Library is a great community asset that will benefit east side residents for decades to come.”
The third busiest in the Madison Public Library system, Pinney is in need of a larger, better building. The new modern, open library will target LEED Gold certification. The 20,500 square-foot space will include a patio, study rooms, a creator space, and expanded adult, young adult and children’s collections. Plans also include a PlayLab, where children can create their own story and environment.
The new Pinney Library “will allow us to engage the community in more ways than we can now with the added capacity of the new facility. Plus, the new library will include some unique, innovative features that we’re introducing in this new space to enhance your library experience,” said Madison Public Library Director Gregory Mickells. “We can’t wait to share them with the community.”